With the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on America approaching, I encourage TCU members to take time out this September 11 to observe a moment of silence. Though most of us will be on the job, we must make it a day of remembrance.
Among the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001, were the lives of 634 union members. Five of those were members of the United Service Workers Division of TCU: James Barbella, Edward Calderon, Rocco Medaglia, Eugene Raggio and Edward Strauss.
We have pledged that their names will never be forgotten. They will always remind us of duty and courage, hard work and personal sacrifice, love of family and involvement in union and community.
As we remember them, let us also reflect on the freedom we enjoy as Americans.
It is a bedrock belief in the American labor movement that "an injury to one is an injury to all." As we begin to heal, let us renew our pledge that their heroism and sacrifices will always be remembered.
Let us renew our commitment to the ideals of freedom and justice. Let us draw from their strength the strength to move forward.